We celebrate Plastic Free July
This month a special event is taking place – Plastic Free July. A wonderful, global initiative that aims to bring awareness to actions we can take reduce single use plastics in our lives.
We caught up with Nina from Nina’s Bees Beeswax Skincare, a passionate Farmhouse producer, who is flying the flag for Plastic Free July all year round. Nina tells us why Plastic Free July is important to her and why it should be to all of us:
- What motivates you to strive to be plastic free?
Having two kids makes me think about what future they will live in. The problem with plastic is that it is everywhere and even though we might use it use for a few minutes, when it goes in the landfill, it stays there for hundreds of years. When we put plastic items in recycling, the truth is that most of Australia’s plastic rubbish ends up being stockpiled in warehouses or shipped to South-East Asia to be burned or reprocessed. The fast pace of consumerism that we experience these days is just not sustainable. We, as a family and me, as a business make a conscious effort to reuse everything recyclable and cut out the consumption of any single use plastic.
- How do you make your business plastic free?
I buy large quantities of organic oils, essential oils and plant butters to make soaps and balms and they come in plastic containers. To eliminate any waste of the containers, I have done my research and found an Australian wholesaler of oils, where we have an agreement that I take back empty containers and have them refilled for my next orders. In this way I have cut out any possible waste.
All my balms are packaged in recyclable aluminium tins. Unlike plastic with questionable recycling methods, aluminium is 100% recyclable and experiences no loss of properties or quality during the recycling process. Recycling aluminium also uses only 5% of the energy used to create new aluminium and emits only 5% of the greenhouse gases. It is for these reasons that approximately 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use today. And the best part: it is recycled here in Australia.
My soaps are packaged in recycled craft paper boxes that are printed in Australia.
- What are your top 5 tips for making your home plastic free?
1) When we shop for fruit and veggies we only select plastic free options.
2) We take my Tupperware containers to the butcher when we buy meat.
3) Refill existing containers with hand washing soap, dishwashing liquid and dishwashing detergent at our local bulk food store.
4) We use beeswax food wraps instead of cling wrap.
5) We store the bread we buy, from a local bakery, in waxed cotton bag.
- For those of us who haven\'t used beeswax wraps why should we?
Beeswax food wraps are versatile and can be used in the same way as cling wraps: for storing and preserving food or for wrapping food to take with you. The beeswax food wraps are easy to clean and store: just wash them with cold water and dishwashing liquid, let them dry and store in one of the draws in the kitchen.
Beeswax is naturally antibacterial and antifungal which prevents your food from spoiling. With every day usage and proper care the food wrap will last for a year or longer. By using beeswax food wraps, you are cutting unnecessary plastic waste that sits in the landfill for hundreds of years and you are supporting beekeepers, who look after the dwindling population of bees.
To find out more about Plastic Free July and what you can do to get involved check out the official site: